Regional News: Gun ban in force, kicks off election period

By Joanna D. Sabado, PIA 1, La Union


SAN FERNANDO CITY– Two minors were arrested in Naguilian town a day after the election gun ban was imposed jointly by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Checkpoints were installed on January 10 which kicked off the 180 election period.

“We have launched the simultaneous police check-points on all the local police stations in the province at the onset of the election gun ban at exactly 12:01 yesterday (Jan. 10) and we will continuously implement Oplan Lambat Sibat,” Chief Insp. Artemio Infante, Chief of Police Community Relations of the PNP Provincial Police Office, said.

The minors, ages 17 and 16 years old, were apprehended for violation of the gun ban and dangerous drugs act. The police seized a homemade pistol, live bullets and a sachet of shabu on Monday morning, the Naguilian Police Station reported.

“District inspectors will be assigned in designated areas to ensure the day and night conduct of PNP-COMELEC checkpoints,” he added.

Other prohibitions include the transfer and detail of civil service employees from March 25 until May 8.

In the province, a total of 218 elective positions are up for grabs by more than 500 local election candidates.

A total of 454, 778 registered voters are expected to cast their votes on May 9, female voters at 230,627 outnumbering the male group with 224, 151. The 20-29 age group with the most number of registered voters at 124,538.

Meanwhile, Persons with Disability (PWDs) voters are at 2,183 and Indigenous Peoples at 4,104 based on the Comelec data as of Nov. 16, 2015.

From the total 3,137 established precincts in the province will be clustered into 851. The City of San Fernando with the most number at 119 clustered precincts which will cater to 66,197 registered voters.

Campaign period for local candidates starts the day after March 25 which falls on a Good Friday.

For those who intend to check if they are registered and ready to cast their votes may check online and visit through the link Precinct Finder or for Overseas Filipinos through the link Post Finder.

The gun ban is pursuant to COMELEC Resolution No. 10015 or the ban on the bearing, carrying or transporting of firearms and other deadly weapons and the employment, availment or engagement of the services of security personnel or bodyguards. While prohibitions against the appointment or hiring of new employees, creation or filing up of new positions, transfer of civil service employees and suspension of elective local positions are contained in COMELEC Resolution No. 10030.#